In September, I started to attend a local moms group to meet some people and give my boys a chance to play with other kids. One girl and I really hit it off and started to hang out, only for me to discover that she is ten years younger than me. Yup, that’s what happens when you don’t get married till you’re 32.
I don’t really feel that old, or that experienced in motherhood, for that matter, but I thought it would be good to jot down a couple of things that are working for me as I adjust to having three kids instead of two.
Be content with getting a little bit done at a time
If you’ve ever followed Flylady.net, you will know her mantra of “I can do anything for 15 minutes.” Generally, I think this is true, but there is a big IF attached to it – and that IF is conditional upon having a solid chunk of 15 minutes to do anything.
It sounds hard to believe, but life switches gears so quickly now and so often that it is rare that I have a chunk of 15 minutes to do anything unless my husband is in the house to watch the kids (or they are watching Netflix). But I was inspired recently by Crystal at moneysavingmom.com who said that instead of a freezer cooking hour, she was starting to experiment with doing a smaller freezer cooking project each day that took around 15 minutes.
Like I said above, I don’t usually have 15 minutes, but the idea stuck in my mind. Maybe I couldn’t get all the dishes done in one shot, but maybe I could take five minutes to wash whatever I could, and come back to them later when I had another five minutes. A similar idea is echoed by Dr. Neil Fiore in The Now Habit to keep on starting on something, because eventually, you will finish it. I never thought of it that way, but it seems to work for a lot of different little things I have going.